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Microsoft Kills Its Blogging Platform

This is the new practical “why-waste-the-money” Microsoft

Microsoft is throwing in the towel on its six-year-old blogging platform Windows Live Spaces (née MSN Spaces). It's sending its bloggers over to Wordpress.com, a competing platform, where Microsoft's current crop of scribblers can get free space.

The two have worked out a migration scheme and Microsoft will redirect URLs. Bloggers can use Microsoft's facilities until the end of the year but have to be out by March.

Microsoft counts 30 million "active" users. In comparison WordPress, written in PHP and hosted on Apache, for Pete's sake, powers over 8.5% of the web, is used on over 26 million sites and is seen by over 250 million people a month.

This is the new practical "why-waste-the-money" Microsoft, which has decided not to fight the social networking crowd with look-a-like services and simply integrate with them instead.

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Maureen O'Gara the most read technology reporter for the past 20 years, is the Cloud Computing and Virtualization News Desk editor of SYS-CON Media. She is the publisher of famous "Billygrams" and the editor-in-chief of "Client/Server News" for more than a decade. One of the most respected technology reporters in the business, Maureen can be reached by email at maureen(at)sys-con.com or paperboy(at)g2news.com, and by phone at 516 759-7025. Twitter: @MaureenOGara

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